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Winning projects & judges' comments

Take a look at the winning projects and what our judges thought of them!


Small Renovation projects


North West winner: ABS Construction Services Ltd


Small renovation project

"A worthy winner. Transforming a dull and dark room into a light filled, spacious modern kitchen/living area. A sleek looking kitchen design, great usability and a great decision to lose the conservatory." 


Northern Counties winner: Brenoyle Construction


Small renovation projects

"Access to this job was very tight and maneuverability of plant was restricted due to relocating main sewage system and 2 inspection chambers.
A lovely rear extension to kitchen and back of house, really opening up the space and bringing more natural light into the house through Velux roof lights and bi-folding doors." 


Yorkshire & Trent winner: Wizard Builders Ltd


small renovation project

"The client got a lot for the money spent so great value delivered here on this front and rear extension project. The builder worked closely with the family to design alterations and an extension to suit their needs. Great job using the space and in changing a families life for the better."

Medium renovation projects 


North West winner: J C Building Services


North West Renovation project

"This client found our member through our ‘Find a Builder’ page on the website. John has built his own company up from scratch and has made a real success of the projects he has undertaken. Here, groundwater ingress was a serious concern and to create a dry space for the new rooms meant digging an 8ft drainage trench into 6ft of bedrock. An impressive project, a huge amount of work with excellent use of recycled material and reclaimed existing stone and timber. They have really made the most of the amazing view, very well done."


Northern Counties winner: Carrock Design Build Ltd


Northern counties medium renovation

"A beautiful renovation. Excellent workmanship and attention to detail. Innovative building techniques and tricky detailing were used along with traditional building materials and contemporary construction. They’ve made it look easy when it was anything but……….. great job"


Yorkshire & Trent winner: York Builder Ltd


Yorkshire and Trent medium renovation project

"...this is a brilliant use of modern and traditional materials and extensive use of glazing to bring more natural light into this home with stunning results. All issues on this project were overcome with good relationships with the architect, structural engineer and the client. Beautiful transformation, well done."

Large Renovation Projects


North West winner: SR Joinery Ltd


large renovation north west

"An ugly bungalow turned into a swan thanks to challenges that were met and creatively dealt with. Complete transformation of existing building, bringing a modern contemporary looking building both inside and out. High quality finish, great job."


Northern Counties winner: Staley Stonework


Northern counties large renovation

"The judges were blown away by this project and all wanted to stay here! This old railway station was in a considerable state of disrepair and has been turned into a luxury holiday cottage. The whole of the interior has been reconfigured and flooded with light. The use of curved ceilings in the bedrooms to mimic railway carriages is stunning. First class example of an excellent large renovation."


Yorkshire & Trent winner: W A Richards


large renovation york and trent

"The most common word used when people see this building is ‘WOW’, as this water tower has definitely got the WOW factor. The judges commended this builder for taking on this project. He worked around noise restrictions and also added user value to the project by increasing storage space and creating a better use of space on the top floor and incorporating as many of the towers original features and fittings as possible. WOW, well done." 

Kitchen Projects


North West winner: A J joinery & Building Ltd


North West kitchen project

"The judges felt that this builder further enhanced the architects original plans by working well with the client. Some difficult and complex building structural alterations and challenges which stretched them and challenged them to move further as a company with a high standard of workmanship and customer service. A real worthy winner."


Northern Counties winner: G M & G Marley


kitchen projects northern counties winner

"The judges saw a dated bungalow being brought back to life through total transformation. From dated dark wood to this now light, bright kitchen makes this a real winner."


Yorkshire & Trent winner: W A Hare & Son Ltd


york and trent kitchen project winner

"The skill in bringing great drawings to life is clear here. The finished standard of work is excellent, this is a stunning kitchen and a worthy winner. Well done."


Bathroom projects


Northern Counties winner: Carrock Design Build Ltd


northern counties bathroom projects winner

"A complete redesign to meet the needs of the clients wish for a ‘luxury bathroom / ensuite’. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are very apparent, this contemporary bathroom sits beautifully within this house - clients wishes met. Well done"


Yorkshire & Trent winner: York Builder Ltd


bathroom projects york and trent winner

"The judges felt this was a beautiful big ensuite, clean and fresh looking. Light, bright and shows great use of space.  Finished to a very high standard. Great work."


New home projects


North West winner: Cannons Building Contractors Ltd


North West new home project winner

"The judges all loved this one. Impressive in every way and the builder clearly knows how and where to source the right materials for a build like this due to his experience and contacts. They dealt with the neighbours well and approached them initially to manage disruption. A stunning home. " 


Northern Counties winner: Carrock Design Build Ltd


northern counties new home winner

"Judges commented that these homes fit beautifully into their surroundings and the builder overcame great challenges to find the right stone for the job by organising the re-opening of a quarry in the area. A stunning new home showcasing excellent craftsmanship"


Yorkshire & Trent winner: Ipsum UK Ltd


york and trent new home winner

The judges learnt that this builder completed the FMB backed NVQ level 5 in construction management 5 years ago which has propelled him to run a successful business with 13 employees and to take on bigger projects. They felt that this was a really interesting design with a very difficult roof that the builder conquered. A tight site, complex roofing with structural steel and an impressive 2 storey atrium, this is a worthy winner on all counts.


Heritage Projects


North West winner: A J Field Developments Ltd

Heritage project North West winner

"[The] judges absolutely loved this Grade II listed former school house, renovated and extended to extremely high finish. This builder uncovered the historic features while marrying them with contemporary design and modern technology. What a beautiful restoration."


Northern Counties winner: Staley Stonework

Northern counties heritage project winner

"What a beautiful project. The bespoke nature of this building is obvious and all clients objectives have been met. Issues were spotted and dealt with delivering an absolutely gorgeous building inside and out. The judges felt that inside, the library in red oak is a thing of beauty. A huge success, well done."


Yorkshire & Trent winner: Cragg Builders Ltd  

York and Trent heritage project winner

"The judges commented that the use of traditional materials, skills, knowledge and methods is wonderful to see and it has helped preserve this grade II listed building and it’s historic integrity while making it fit for modern living. It’s a huge challenge to take on these projects as you never know what you will find but this builder has delivered an excellent end result"

Commercial projects


North West winner: Broadfield Construction 

commercial project North West winner

"[The] Judges felt that Communication skills are vita during any build and this builder realises this and uses them to great effect with the client, neighbours, delivery drivers and contractors. This is clearly a high end fit out and the design and attention to detail is impressive, well done." 


Northern Counties winner: Radford Construction Services Ltd 

Northern counties commercial project winner

"[The] judges said “What an amazing transformation in a short space of time, incredible.” This builder has created beautiful ‘church like’ features from a featureless agricultural building and was instrumental in the design of this project."


Yorkshire & Trent winner: Kuno Jackson Building Ltd 

york and trent commercial project winner

"A standard industrial unit hiding an amazing workspace, storage facility and restaurant style canteen. This builder made stunning contemporary lighting made from steel piping with traditional filament bulbs which really give this space a fantastic feel. Great job"


Low carbon project


Northern Counties winner: JD Joinery and Building Services Ltd 

northern counties low carbon project

"The client brief was simple – create a low-energy home based on Passivhaus design principles to delivery a residential home with a lasting legacy . The completed project exemplifies the successful balance of low energy design and skilled construction. The judges felt that any builder who can achieve Passivhaus certificate is truly commendable and sets the standard for energy efficiency. A brilliant job."


Heavenly builder


North West winner: P N Lewis & Partner Limited


"These builders showed great empathy and went out of their way to liaise with the owners. Excellent integration of adapting things for the disabled resident, very discreet and homely. The owners now count these builders as friends which says it all."

Northern Counties winner: Andrew Radford, Radford Construction Services Ltd


"This builder is an absolute pleasure to work with. His contribution to our project has lead to a strong visual rebranding of our business. His innovative designs and craftsmanship surpassed all expectations."


Yorkshire & Trent winner: O'Keeffe Building Services Ltd


"This building company were ‘real heroes’ in resurrecting what could have been a shelved project. A massive step up for this company but the rose to the challenge with amazing results. The client cannot praise this team highly enough."




North West winner: Mr Charlie Wheeler, Hende Building Services 

North West winner apprentice category

"Our judges loved that Charlie’s time keeping and attendance has been excellent, that he consistently shows initiative on many different joinery projects. He has done some excellent work on complex roofing systems, and has taken the lead in many areas of roof drawing from skills gained both in college and on-site. Charlie has an excellent work ethic, listens, watches and learns quickly. He is a star in the making. Well done Charlie." 


Yorkshire & Trent winner: Mr Jack Edwards, Duffield Building Services Ltd 

York and Trent winner apprentice category

"Jacks nomination blew the judges away. Jacks employer commented that ‘Jack operates independently like someone who has 10+ years of craft experience” but most impressively is how Jack has overcome his struggles with academic subjects linked to his trade to showcase his incredible talent for carpentry and joinery. Jack has demonstrated high levels of commitment to the job in buying tools and a vehicle and undertaking projects in his spare time. Jacks employer would like to clone Jack! Great job, a very well deserved award for Jack."

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